Are there really that few users above E5 per character on all of Steam? Surely even with Steam being the least common platform for the game that's like, at most, one player in ten? Fifteen? Holy moly there's a lot of casuals buying this game! I hope it's a sign of a revival in broad popularity. Can you link to the steam metadata page from which you sourced your figures?I made some basic statistics again, not from my matches this time, but from the ranking table per character (on Steam).
I watched for each character the number of players with a A, B, C, D or E rank.
the first graph gives a good idea of the popularity of the characters on steam:
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The position of 2B is skewed because it is a recent DLC. Tira also probably pays for being (unpopular day-one) DLC, but she appears already, with Voldo, less popular than 2B.
Seeing the top, I guess players love big sword and big breast (double check for 2B!). Bamco probably knew it, would explain both season pass and Tira's cup size change...
I'm surprise to see Asta so high, and Geralt and Azwel so low. Geralt was very popular after launch, but it seems the interest for the witcher quickly run out of breath.
I also wonder if a character was doing better than the others proportionnaly. So I ranked them according the ratio [players above C5 / players above E5]View attachment 57481
So again, there is many bias : 2B had less time, there is pre-patch and post-patch data behind, the ranking system is arbitrary (I would have something different with D+ instead of C+)...
Also, I don't sell it as a tier list because it's online, and that mostly reflects casual players. Buuut the tier-list participates, among other factors, to this ranking.
Note that on steam, There is currently juste one A-ranked player (a Raphael). There was previously a S-ranked Inferno, but he got ban.
I take this opportunity to congratulate 8wayrun's players that are sitting on first page of their character. I remember seing @MONEYMUFFINS , @Party Wolf , @Hayate , @Kura , @Ring and probably other I forgot or don't recognize (sorry). Good job!
Edit : forgot Ring_PL!
I wish I could provide something more concrete, but this is my very abstract and general advice that let's me prevail against him more often than not: Number one, don't be afraid to embrace spending a little more time guarding than you might normally be inclined to do. Raphael is at his most effective when he preserves a relatively static amount of range that is at the outer edge of mid-range. And while he has range and speed in the sense of wind-up frames, that's not the same as returning to neutral fast and that's where he is weaker; he cannot keep up sustained pressure from a distance. The trick is to make the Raph-wielder feel like they have you cowering in turtle mode (well, to an extent, they often do) and, when they think they are setting the pace, have them come in too close while trying to apply the pressure. In that mid range your Zas (and to a lesser extent, Sophie) will have more options and if you're anticipating that moment, you'll have a decent shot at taking the frame advantage at that point. And your opponent will have to be careful about trying to lean on their own quicker mid/close range attacks because many give significant frame disadvantages on block and/or have wide punishable windows regardless, relative to the close range arsenals of many other characters at that range. You already identified step as essential, and once you break your opponent out of the pacing inherit in Rapha's safe zone, you'll have a better shot at that, though as you obviously already know, Raphael has the tools to punish even then, if you get too one-note in your approach.Does anyone know a good strat to beat Raphael.
Sophie and Zas struggle against him.
My main problem is openings I find very very little.
Although his attacks are mainly vertical focused his attack speed is pretty brutal and they usually come with knockdown follow ups,
I don’t know if I’m getting up right either as im getting trapped into more follow ups.
And the fact his punishes cancel into a CE just leaves me lost.
I’ve tried stepping and ducking but I’m getting caught out really badly he’s either way too fast or his range is surprisingly long.
Again, I know that's a little generalized, but I really don't know Zas or Sophitia well enough to give you a more detailed match-up break down. For that matter it's been a loooong time since I gave Raphael's frame data (even if we had it nailed down for this game already) a detailed look or even so much as did match-up training against him. And while the above works well for me, my characters tend to be speed demons--there may be a more efficacious way to to do this with the decent mid range options of those two characters.